Atlas Recycled

Tom Tsuchiya's avatar Tom Tsuchiya

This sculpture of the mythical Greek titan Atlas, doubles as a recycling receptacle for aluminum, plastic, glass and paper. Thus, it challenges the notion that fine art cannot be utilitarian. In addition to being a recycling aid, "Atlas" itself is made primarily from reused materials including maps and other scrap material from the artist’s studio. Earlier iterations of "Atlas" have been exhibited at landmarks including New York City's Grand Central (2011) and Washington D.C.'s National Mall in front of the Smithsonian Museums (2012). This year, "Atlas" was the selected as the artistic symbol for the "London International Youth Science Forum". And a new version of "Atlas" has been commissioned for Paris in 2016.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: 4'
  • Medium: polymer, metal, wood, paper
  • Width: 4'
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 7'